[linux-lvm] Changing from standard partition to LVM partition without reinstalling

Brian J. Murrell brian at interlinx.bc.ca
Fri Mar 3 18:46:32 UTC 2017

On Fri, 2017-03-03 at 17:49 +0000, James Hawtin wrote:
> On 03/03/17 09:51, Amjad Syed wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > We are using  RHEL  7.2 servers to create two node  Active/Passive 
> >  High available system with shared storage (SAN). We are using
> > pacemaker.
> > 
> > The existing  Partition on HDD of  Server is of standard type
> > and  we 
> > would like to move it to LVM type as we have just two nodes and we
> > are 
> > not going to use clvm.
> > 
> > The current partition on HDD is as follows
> > /   ->  50 GB
> > swap -> 25 GB
> > /u01 -> 200GB
> > 
> > What is the best way to change the partition type to LVM without 
> > reinstallation?
> > 
> Its possible but its quite difficult

It's not really that difficult, if he understands the mechanics of
partitioning and resizing filesystems.  He does need to have 200GB of
free, unpartitioned space on his HDD to create a new partition to be
his new PV.

Or rather he needs as least as much free space in /u01 as he has
consumed space in which case he can shrink the /u01 filesystem and
partition and create a new partition to be his PV.

> to do as you don't have a seperate 
> /boot partion.

The / partition can become his /boot once he has evacuated it and
shrunk it.

As long as there is some usable amount of free space on the disk (in
existing partitions or otherwise) this is all just a shell game of
partitions and data, creating new partitions, resizing or deleting old,
moving data around, etc.

It all has to be done from some kind of live boot media though as you
don't really want to be moving live data around.

And really, I will refrain from describing the exact steps in this
partition partition shell game as (a) I don't want to miss any and mess
up his system and (b) if he cannot really come up with the procedure
himself, he really shouldn't be carrying it out.

> If I 
> was doing it I would use tar or dump to copy the information off the 
> disk.

And yes, if he can't really come up with the recipe to do the partition
shell-game, this is what he should do.

-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: signature.asc
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 473 bytes
Desc: This is a digitally signed message part
URL: <http://listman.redhat.com/archives/linux-lvm/attachments/20170303/a6bc81af/attachment.sig>

More information about the linux-lvm mailing list